Pundit blasts ‘terrible’ Traore stats but admits Conte ‘must see something’ in him

Toby Bowles

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has described Adama Traore’s statistics as “terrible” amid rumours linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wolves winger is a long-term target of Antonio Conte’s and the Spurs hierarchy are eager to secure a deal to satisfy the Italian.

According to The Athletic, Wolves chiefs expect Spurs to meet their £20m asking price before the window shuts, having already rejected a £15m bid. The arrival of the 25-year-old would mark the first signing of the Conte era.

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Famous for his blistering pace, Traore has traditionally operated as a conventional winger, although reports have suggested he could be deployed at wing-back in north London.

Cascarino believes he needs to improve his output if he is to play in attack, with the Spaniard having registered just one goal in 20 appearances this season. He trusts that Conte will identify exactly what Traore needs to work on.

“When he’s at his explosive best, he’s unbelievable. If you’re watching him and you are thinking ‘this guy is so quick, this guy is devastating,'” he told talkSPORT.

“His numbers are terrible, which is always concerning. He’s got one [goal] this season and you’re thinking how has he only got one goal so far? I know he had one chalked off yesterday.

“Three the season before that in all competitions and six the season before that. He’s actually gone backwards in the last few years.

“Antonio Conte must see something that will get his numbers to be far better.”



Wolves boss Bruno Lage said of the situation on Friday: “We have a top player with us, a lovely guy. Sometimes it’s about business. I remember how much Tottenham protected Harry Kane at the beginning of the season.

“And we will protect our player because we believe a lot in Adama. That is business. It’s not my concern. But I will protect my players. The way they work, the value for me is very high.”

He added: “I don’t see any difference in his behaviour, his mentality, the way he works. So I’m happy with him. He continues to be the same player.

“He just has one more year left. The club talk with him and he talks with them and they will decide the future. I’m happy with him, it’s the only thing I can say. He’s focused, he’s ready.”